What's in a name?

I hadn’t planned on being part of day camp this year.  Sure, they asked me to be a part of it (in fact I’ve been asked to be part of the planning team that works on this for months) but I told them I couldn’t commit. I had too many other things to worry about like washing my hair hauling my other kid all over the place. 

Yet somehow,  I seem to be a part of day camp staff once again.  (And you always thought the word “staff”  implied getting paid!) One of the camp traditions is for all staff to have a camp name.  This is the  name that you wear around your neck and everyone calls you.  It solves that sticky problem of what kids should be calling the adults.  Each staff member is supposed to chose a name that has some sort of special meaning to them. 

I’m very good at naming things and then twisting them around into strange nicknames.  I named our kids, our pets, KT’s pillow, the rug in our front room…anything that needs naming gets one from me.  You would think that coming up with a camp name for myself would be a piece of cake.  Sadly, I  just can’t seem to come up with a name for myself .

mitzi My very first year at camp, my name was Cricket because I like to sing.  Then I missed a year of camp and my name was taken by someone else.  I hemmed and I hawwed and finally settled on  the new name of Mitzi and illustrated it with a goofy looking frog.   When Mimi was old enough for a camp name, she wanted mine.  Being the pushover sweet,caring mother that I am, I passed my nametag on to her.   

So, once again, I found myself searching for a new name.  It seemed that everything I came up with  was laughed at or met with an eye roll from my family.  (Aren’t they sweet?) On the first day of camp, annoyed that I still didn’t have a name, Mimi finally told me to be Princess and quickly scribbled it on a round of wood for me to wear around my neck.   

I had a name, but I wasn’t really comfortable with it.  This name seemed so…pink…and…fluffy…an…pampered.  Things that I really didn’t associate with myself.  The kids readily accepted the name, but my peers all scoffed at it.  (Not that I could really blame them!) I had to think of something else.  Something that was more… me.  (And that nobody could scoff at.) 

When I woke up the next morning I had the perfect name.  It was simple, yet regal.  Telling, yet pretentious.  But most important, it was a name that made me smile.  The name that everyone at camp now calls me, is  something that Shaun had called me by for a while now.  

You may now call me the Queen Bee.

qyeebee No scoffing from anyone in the peanut gallery either!

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I thought I would share my MacGyver-like talent at creating royal bees from mere pipe cleaners!

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22 Responses to What's in a name?

  1. Keshi says:

    **my name was Cricket

    cute!

    Keshi.

  2. Patsy Ann says:

    Queen Bee, ok I will go along with that! and what is mimi’s nickname? Cricket – I like that name for you.

  3. Stephanie says:

    All hail the Queen Bee!

  4. Cazzie says:

    Queen Bee, how cute, you will get a BUSS out of that, hahahha…seriously though, Queen Bee is a character in a long running soapie here in Australia called, “Prisoner”. She is the Queen Bee of all the female in mates at the prison, haha.

  5. Lynne says:

    Queen Bee, heh? Sounds good to me … if the bee crown fits, wear it with pride!

    I like your little pipe cleaner bee, very cute! But what is that crown made of??

  6. Susan says:

    Keshi~Yeah, my mom had picked that one out

    Mom~Cricket is taken. πŸ™

    Stephanie~You only say that because you have a tiarra!

    Cazzie~LOL That’s too funny!

    Lynne~the crown is little beads glued on a bit of “fun foam”. I would’ve wired it all together put it’s so much work to shave the pipe cleaners!!

  7. coffespaz says:

    Very cool, somehow I get the feeling that it really fits you!! πŸ™‚

    I remember having to do that. It was my one and only foray into changing my name. I opted to be called by my middle name…Lynn. I think it stemmed from a particularly hard year convincing people around me that my name is spelled with a “k” at the front and a simple “a” at the end!

    Oddly, it only took two weeks for me to decide that I really like my first name better….even though it seems so hard for some to get right!
    πŸ˜‰

  8. Carol says:

    From one insect to another, Good Morning!!

    Carol (aka Ladybug)

  9. I love “queen bee”. Awesome.

  10. Jay says:

    Do you have a little crown to wear?

  11. Kell says:

    You should care around a little recorder playing some march every time you’re around. Maybe the Flight of the Bumble Bee?

    Hail Queen Bee! Hail Queen Bee!

  12. Tink says:

    I like Queen Bee A LOT better than princess! Adorable story.

    Are there any Tinks there? πŸ™‚

  13. Mojokat says:

    Queen Bee! Love it!

    Don’t you just love how you determine not to do something then before you know it, you’re smack in the middle of doing that thing you weren’t going to. Happens to me all the time and I sit there and think…”Now how did I get roped into this again?” I never learn, though! LOL!

    Enjoy camp!

  14. Peace says:

    I’m sure your daughter is thrilled you are there making fun memories with her.

    Long live the Queen!

  15. tommiea says:

    Hope you are enjoying camp….and I will echo Peace’s statement: Long live the Queen

  16. Keshi says:

    mum knows best πŸ™‚

    Keshi.

  17. Dorky Dad says:

    Where are the peanuts? I’m in the “Peanut Gallery,” but I see no peanuts.

    And where were you when I was trying to name my blog?

  18. Jocelyn says:

    You are too cute.

    For next year–and you know there will be a next year–how about Peaches?

  19. photowannabe says:

    Your Majesty…great post and I love your thoughtful work to come up with a name befitting your persona.
    Queen Bee is absolutely perfect.

  20. Shari says:

    Queen Bee, eh? Good one. Names are hard when it comes to finding one for yourself.

    I, myself, need to come up with a nickname for myself on a mailing list, but I can’t think of one. πŸ™ I was going to go by “Sunshine” but it was semi-taken, meaning someone else has two nicknames and I just didn’t want to get people confused, though she was willing to let me have it. So, still working on it.

  21. Michelle says:

    Love the name and I LOVE the pipecleaner bee! She’s lovely.

    I think if I had to pick a name for myself, it would be easy: Shell (with a seashell decoration of course).

  22. Hahaha Queen Bee! Priceless! I would take Queen Bee over Cricket any time πŸ™‚ Your royal highness… πŸ˜›